October 09, 2012
Are these the scariest shoes ever?
We've seen many ugly shoes in our day, but a new pair dubbed "Scary Beautiful" [above and below] is definitely the most treacherous footwear we've laid eyes on. The massive heels appear backwards on the foot, so the wearer's feet point straight down the back, as if in ballet shoes, with their shin leaning against the front "heel" end of the design to balance. The shoes are a collaboration between artist Leanie van der Vyver and Dutch shoe designer René Van den berg and serve as a commentary on today's impossible standards of beauty.
"After working in fashion for seven years, and therefore being well aware of the manipulation images in fashion suffer for a perfect result, I still compare myself to them and other current beauty ideals," said Van der Vyver. "My frustration with my own inability to overcome these feelings of inadequacy was what brought 'Scary Beautiful' into fruition. The shoes formed part of my graduation project that was a result of my thesis. The conclusion of my thesis investigation was that people are not satisfied with what they look like, and that perfection, according to the beauty and fashion standards, has reached a climax. Humans are playing God by physically and metaphorically perfecting themselves. Beauty is currently at an all time-climax, allowing this project to explore what lies beyond perfection. 'Scary Beautiful' challenges current beauty ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard."
We find the video shocking but also oddly moving. The shoes are obviously not practical, but as art they're intriguing. We can't help but be reminded of Lady Gaga trying to steady herself in the now-famous Alexander McQueen "Armadillo" heels in her "Bad Romance" music video. Major models like Abbey Lee Kershaw, Natasha Poly, and Sasha Pivovarova reportedly refused to wear the 12-inch McQueen heels out of fear, and were cut from the designer's spring 2010 fashion show. In comparison, the "Scary Beautiful" shoes make the "Armadillo" heels look like sneakers, but we had a feeling the always-outdoing-herself Lady Gaga would give them a spin one day. Sure enough, Van der Vyver confirmed our suspicions.
"Yes, on request I did actually send them to Studio Formichetti for a Lady Gaga music video, but I could not get confirmation whether she actually used them," Van der Vyver told us. "I did not charge her to possibly use them."
[video from Lyall Coburn; link to Shine via Joe Peach]
Voice Recognition Grocery List Organizer/Printer
Speak it — your grocery list appears on the screen and then spits itself out on a piece of paper.
What took so long?
BehindTheMedspeak: World's oldest prosthetic toe
Below, a Facebook post by Ken Rutkowski.
Fake Toes Found in Ancient Egyptian Tombs Could Be The World's Oldest Prostheses
There is a documented history of ancient Egyptians creating fake body parts to augment bodies headed for burial, but a new study suggests that two artificial toes [one is pictured above] recovered from tombs there may in fact be the oldest known prosthetic body parts.
Researchers at the University of Manchester made replicas of the two items — both right big toes — and then had volunteers missing those toes wear them.
The fake toes proved not only comfortable to wear, but also vastly improve the walking ability of the volunteers while wearing traditional Egyptian sandals, suggesting these toes had more than an aesthetic funerary purpose."
Duckbill Dog Muzzle
Twitter Profiles Directory — Who knew?
She wrote, "Twitter has made it easier to find its millions of users on search engines by launching a new 'Profiles Directory' tool. The directory lists all user accounts alphabetically and includes profiles with numbers and non-Latin character names. Twitter did not formally announce its new directory but instead quietly debuted the feature on the bottom of its homepage. 'We launched this a few weeks ago,' a Twitter spokesperson told CNET, 'to help people find the accounts they're looking for with various search engines.'"
Batman Contact Lenses
From ThisIsWhyImBroke.com: "Activate Batvision with these awesome Batman contact lenses. While these novelty Batman contact lenses won’t let you see through walls with sonar-like technology, they will look great for everyday wear, and are perfect as a crime fighter costume accessory."
"There's an elephant in my bathroom!"
Above, the water closet mise-en-scène that greeted friend and reader Paul Biba last week when he checked into his room at the Hampton Inn in Las Cruces, New Mexico, a stop on his cross-country solo bike trip.
Paul told me that though as a rule he doesn't leave a tip for the maid, he made an exception in this case and dropped a fiver on the sink.
What an enterprising, clever person is the woman who thought of taking a few seconds extra to fold washcloths on her route into this whimsical heffalump.
I'm betting Paul is not the only person who breaks his or her rule upon encountering this unexpected delight and leaves a little cash present behind.
There is genius and creativity everywhere: it is all around us, if only we give it a chance to breathe and play.
If I'm an employer in the Las Cruces area, I'm dropping everything today and making a beeline for the Hampton Inn to meet this maid and offer her a job in my company at twice what she's making.
You say "joe, that's nuts — you don't know if she can read or even speak English!"
Doesn't matter: A mind like hers transcends such mundane skills and offers a whole new view of the world to whomever she happens to encounter.
Hand-painted Xbox 360 Controller Bra
It's early, I'm still trying to get my head around this.
From the maker's Etsy page:
Hand painted using acrylic paint with a textile medium. It is permanent and washable, and it will come with care instructions.
***NEW ORDERS WILL TAKE UP TO 5 WEEKS TO BE SHIPPED***
During checkout, please include bra size in the "Notes to Seller" box.
***Please check the second photo for a CORRECT size conversion chart***
32A, 32B, 32C, 32D
34A, 34B, 34C, 34D
36A, 36B, 36C, 36D
38B, 38C, 38D, 38DD
40C, 40D - **Extra $5.00 charge**
42D, 42DD - **Extra $5.00 charge**
32DD/E, 34DD/E, 36DD/E, 40DD/E - **Extra $5.00 charge**
32DDD/F, 34DDD/F, 36DDD/F, 38DDD/F, 40DDD/F - **Extra $10.00 charge**
32G, 34G, 36G, 38G, 40G - **Extra $10.00 charge**
All sizes above are in US sizes. Please refer to the conversion chart to check your US size if you are in another country.
The $5.00 and $10.00 bra size upgrades can be purchased in the shop. Add the bra and the bra upgrade to your cart before checking out.
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I make the bras as they are requested, so the bra pictured will not be the one you receive, and the bra style may vary slightly.